Robert Gibson, born November 24, 2020 is in BC Children’s Hospital. Photo contributed

Robert Gibson, born November 24, 2020 is in BC Children’s Hospital. Photo contributed

Princeton baby fights for his life, with parents at his side

A Go Fund Me campaign has been started to help family with expenses

A Princeton baby is fighting for his life in BC Children’s Hospital, and a Go Fund Me campaign has been started to assist his parents with expenses.

Robert Gibson was born November 24, 2020.

He weighed 5 lbs 13 ounces, and was diagnosed with gestational alloimmune liver disease and neonatal hemochromatosis according to Mariah Puchalski, who started the fundraising effort.

Robert’s liver is being attacked by his own antibodies, and he needs a full blood transfusion to clean his body.

After that doctors will determine if his liver can regrow, or if he will need a transplant.

“It’s been tough for the whole family, nothing but ups and downs. It seems as soon as we take one step forward, it’s two steps back in his progress,” said Puchalski, who is a close family friend.

Robert’s parents, Cody Gibson and Destiny Mclaren, are staying at Ronald McDonald House in Vancouver. A best case scenario will mean Robert has to remain in hospital for six months.

“They have a house here in town that requires payments to be made and bills to be paid. As of right now, they are going to do their best to stay in Vancouver until the baby can come home.”

If Robert requires a liver transplant, his stay will be much longer.

“They spend everyday and all day with baby Robert, except for brief periods where they step out to eat and sleep,” said Puchalski.

DONATE TO BABY ROBERT HERE

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Okanagan Similkameen SPCA branch manager Carolyn Hawkins with two very friendly kitten siblings that arrived last week in a box. They should be available for adoption after they get fixed. (Monique Tamminga Western News)
Animal adoptions skyrocket during pandemic: South Okanagan BC SPCA

BC SPCA talks about caring for animals during COVID

The Penticton Regional Airport saw just under 34,000 total flight movements in 2020. (Black Press file)
Penticton Airport sees 75 per cent drop in use in 2020

The airport saw under 34,000 total aircraft movements

Interior Health declared the COVID-19 outbreak at McKinney Place long term care home over Monday, Jan. 18, 2020. (File photo)
COVID-19 outbreak at McKinney Place care home declared over

‘This has been one of our most challenging outbreaks so far,’ says chief medical health officer

This is the location, 3240 Skaha Lake Road, of where BC Housing plans to build a four storey supportive housing project for the homeless and at risk of being homeless. (Jesse Day Western News)
Penticton mayor and MLA concerned about new homeless housing

BC Housing is holding a virtual info meeting Tuesday evening, Jan. 19

Sunnybank
COVID-19 related deaths at Oliver, West Kelowna and Vernon senior care homes

Sunnybank, Heritage Retirement Residence and Noric House recorded deaths over the weekend

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry prepares a daily update on the coronavirus pandemic, April 21, 2020. (B.C. Government)
B.C. adjusts COVID-19 vaccine rollout for delivery slowdown

Daily cases decline over weekend, 31 more deaths

Starting Monday, Nov. 9, 2020, the District of Lake Country will require visitors at all indoor public facilities to wear masks, as part of enhanced COVID-19 safety protocols. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)
Lake Country looks at big-ticket projects

Bottom Wood Lake Road construction projects are the biggest investments

This dog is going to the SPCA if its owner isn't found. (RDNO Dog Control photo)
Several ‘owners’ claim lost North Okanagan dog as theirs

‘Dumped’ dog being kept in foster care until rightful owner can provide evidence of ownership

Island Health chief medical officer Dr. Richard Stanwick receives a first dose of Pfizer vaccine, Dec. 22, 2020. (B.C. government)
B.C. turns to second doses of COVID-19 vaccine as supplies slow

Pfizer shipments down until February, to be made up in March

B.C.’s Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training announced funding to train community mental health workers at four B.C. post-secondary institutions. (Stock photo)
B.C. funding training of mental health workers at four post-secondary institutions

Provincial government says pandemic has intensified need for mental health supports

A health-care worker prepares a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at a UHN COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Toronto on Thursday, January 7, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
No Pfizer vaccines arriving in Canada next week; feds still expect 4M doses by end of March

More cases of U.K. variant, South African variant found in Canada

Vernon North Okanagan RCMP intercepted an impaired driver Sunday afternoon, Jan. 17, 2021. (File photo by Advocate staff)
Impaired driver pulled off Vernon road thanks to public tip

RCMP Drug Recognition Expert called in for assistance in investigation of Coldstream man

Most Read